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FSS125 - First Semester Seminar: Fall 2018

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What is Opposing Viewpoints?

Ever been in class, talking to friends, or scrolling through the news and come across a heated debate on a topic that you don't know that much about? Opposing Viewpoints is a great place to start. It takes controversial topics and highlights the main points, then pulls relevant articles, statistics, news, and more that work as good examples of both sides of the argument.

Tips:

  • This is a great place to get a feel for the main sides of a controversial topic, but sometimes the information is a little dated. For some topics, an article that's 5 years old won't make a difference. For other topics where cutting edge information is crucial, 5 years is ancient history. Consider your topic and check for currency when using Opposing Viewpoints.
  • Most current information will have a "NEW!" or "UPDATED!" tag on the topic link.

TOPCAT


What is TOPCAT?

TOPCAT is our library catalog. You can search here for books, magazines, course reserves, DVDs, textbooks, and other items that we hold in our physical collection (i.e. things you can come pull off the shelf and check out). We also have some of our e-content in TOPCAT, but not all.

TIPS:

  • Keep your searches broad and simple to start. Try 1 or 2 keywords at first.
  • Use the limiters on the left to narrow your results.
  • You'll see other schools listed in your results. They're part of our library consortium, which means we all share materials. If you find something from another school that you want, you can request it and pick it up from our library once it arrives at Alverno.

Ebooks


What is Ebook Central?

This is our main ebook vendor and you'll find over 140,000 ebooks across all different disciplines here. You can download ebooks or view them online, and they're all keyword searchable. Ebook Central is user friendly and easy to navigate. 

TIPS:

  • We recommend you read online rather than download your ebook. If you like to take notes or highlight books as you read, reading them online and saving them to your virtual bookshelf ensures you won't lose your notes when your checkout period expires.
  • You'll need to set up a user login to download ebooks or save them to your virtual bookshelf, but it's free and easy to do.
  • Contact a librarian if you have trouble setting up your ebook account.

Search Google Scholar

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Why use Google Scholar?

Google Scholar takes some of the guesswork out of your research. Instead of wondering if the article you're reading is scholarly or comes from a reputable source, Google Scholar makes sure of it. You still have to do some legwork, but the quality of the information you have to work with is much higher. This is a great place to start academic research when your instructor says you need to find scholarly articles.

Tips:

  • If you're not sure where to start, keep your searches broad at first. Slowly add additional keywords (or swap them out) when you get an idea of how you want to specify your question.
  • Do you have an article citation and want to know if we have the full text? Plug the article title in and, if we do, chances are good you'll see a [PDF], [HTML], or "Full Text @ Alverno" link appear to the right of the search results.
  • Always use the link on the library homepage (or on this guide) to get to Google Scholar, this will give you better results as it's synced with our databases.
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Off Campus Access

Use the barcode number (starts 4505) on your student ID for both the username & password to access e-resources from off campus.

Library Information

Need more help?

-Stop in for 1-on-1 help. Hours & Location.
-Send us an email.
-Call the reference desk at (414)382-6062.
-Library Home Page.
-Library Staff Directory.

FSS Classes

Use the tabs to find resources for your class.

Librarians need your feedback. Please complete this short survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Q5J9PYY

Your library liaison is: Larry Duerr

One of the best resources for finding an article on a topic about Milwaukee is Academic Search Premier. You can find it on the Databases A to Z link on the library web page or you can search the database using the widget:

Academic Search Premier

Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse

Use this guide to find information on epidemics. Your library liaison is Dolores Skowronek

Let's start with a brief survey

Use this handout to determine if an article is considered scholarly: Is it a scholarly article or isn’t it?


Looking for websites?

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The following websites provide historical and current information on epidemics and infectious diseases. Or, use the Best Websites for Healthcare page to find other websites. 

FastStats - National Center for Health Statistics

Health Topics - World Health Organization

Influenza Encyclopedia - University of Michigan

Plague - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


Looking for videos?

Unseen enemies  

The Unseen Enemies: Man & Disease series examines the top eleven infectious disease killers in human history. Coverage includes insect borne, bacterial, filth, and viral diseases. Enter your Alverno network login and password to view the videos online.


Looking for books? 

Here is a sample of books that are available at the Alverno Library. Click the image for more information.

Understanding virusesZoonosesAntibioticsPolio an American story book coverSpittiing blood book coverAngel of death book coverThe influenza pandemic book coverThe power of plagues book coverAIDS book coverThe great influenza book coverThe infectious microbeTwelve diseases book coverDeadly companions book coverSmallpox book coverEncyclopedia of pestilence book coverMagic bullets book coverAids the biological basisPlagues and poxes book coverPandemic influenzabook coverFlu book coverPlauge ports book coverAn American plague book coverOutbreak book coverDr. Jenner and the speckled monster book coverInfectious disease epidemiology book coverContagion and chaos book coverDeadly outbreaks book coverIllustrated guide to infection book coverKiller germs book coverA plague of prisons book coverThe vaccine race book coverThe Spanish influenza book cover

 

Looking for ebooks?

The following are available through the Alverno Library. You will need the 14 digit barcode on your student ID to access these books from off campus.

InfluenzaTuberculosisPlagues in world historyVirus an illustrated guideEmerging infectious diseasesEssentials of clinical infectious diseasesEmerging epidemics book coverThe burdens of disease book coverBiology of plagues book coverViral pathogenesisThe black death book coverDeadly companions book coverPlagues and poxes book coverInfectious disease book coverAtlas of human infectious deseases book coverEssentials of clinical infectious book coverTextbook of influenzaviruses plagues and history book coverMosquito soldiers book coverCholera book coverShip of death book coverMalaria book coverLiviing with polio book cover

Updated 10/15/18

Facebook: How to Read Your Feed

Your library liaison is: Becky Alford

 

You can browse this page to find tips and information about social media and evaluating different kinds of news.


  • Snopes.com 
    Snopes is an award winning web site devoted to debunking urban and internet myths.
  • TinEye 
    TinEye is a website that helps you trace images. You can drag and drop an image to find out where it has been used online.
  • FactCheck.org 
    FactCheck is a nonpartisan website devoted to monitoring to factual accuracy of political ads, speeches, debates, news, and interviews.
  • On the Media: Breaking News Handbooks
    On the Media is an award winning show dedicated to analyzing the press and media. You can browse these handbooks to get tips for critically analyzing news coverage of various topics including elections, migration, health, poverty, and more.
  • Medical Library Association: Find Good Health Information 
    This website gives tips and guidance to help you evaluate medical information. It also contains links to recommended medical websites.
  • How to Spot Pseudoscience 
    Skeptoid is an award winning website and podcast dedicated to debunking myths. You can use this checklist to evaluate science claims.

World's Water Lines

Your library liaison is: Sara Shutkin

Sara Shutkin

Sara Shutkin

Email Me

Contact:
Alverno College Library/Archives
Office CO B8
(414)382-6202


Let's start with a brief survey

Use this handout to determine if an article is considered scholarly: Is it a scholarly article or isn’t it?


To find more information and scholarly articles about "Mindfulness Strategies," do searches on Google Scholar, Opposing Viewpoints, or Academic Search Premier.  You can access these databases via the Databases A ot Z list.

Here is a link to it: https://www.alverno.edu/library/databasesatoz.php

To get started finding information, try some of these topics in your search. There are many more; a librarian can help you.

  • Bottled Water
  • Lakes
  • Oceans
  • Pacific Ocean
  • Rivers
  • Water AND Climate Change
  • Water AND Fracking
  • Water AND Global Warming
  • Water AND International Conflict
  • Water AND Invasive Species
  • Water AND Middle East
  • Water Borne Disease
  • Water Privatization
  • Water Pollution
  • Water Quality
  • Water Rights
  • Water Shortages
  • Water Shortages AND Climate Change

I created another LibGuide for a water-focused GEC class, GEC 302: The Power of Water. It may include information of use or of interest to you. Here is a link to it:

https://libguides.alverno.edu/GEC302


 

Use Credo Reference for credible sources and background research.

Credo Reference

BRAIN: Using Your Brain to Evaluate Information (from Shasta College)
http://libguides.shastacollege.edu/brain

Mindfulness Strategies

Your library liaison is: Sara Shutkin

Sara Shutkin

Sara Shutkin

Email Me

Contact:
Alverno College Library/Archives
Office CO B8
(414)382-6202


Let's start with a brief survey: 125D-01 | 125D-02

Use this handout to determine if an article is considered scholarly: Is it a scholarly article or isn’t it?


To find more information and scholarly articles about "Mindfulness Strategies," do searches on Google Scholar, Opposing Viewpoints, or Academic Search Premier.  You can access these databases via the Databases A ot Z list.
Here is a link to it: https://www.alverno.edu/library/databasesatoz.php

To get started finding information, try some of these topics in your search. There are many more; a librarian can help you.

  • Mindfulness
  • Mindfulness based Stress Reduction
  • Mindfulness Training
  • Mindfulness (Psychology)
  • Meditation
  • Meditation AND Psychology
  • Awareness
  • Well-being
  • Self-kindness
  • Stress Management
  • Spirituality
  • Stress (Psychology)--Prevention
  • Attention
  • Mindfulness AND Food Habits
  • Mindfulness AND Education
  • Mindfulness AND Health
  • Mindfulness AND Workplace
  • Mindfulness AND Addiction Recovery
  • Being Present

Use Credo Reference for credible sources and background research.

Credo Reference

BRAIN: Using Your Brain to Evaluate Information (from Shasta College)
http://libguides.shastacollege.edu/brain

Global Travel & Tourism

Your library liaison is: Becky Alford

**Please click on the link to complete this short anonymous library survey.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ZX9RP5K



Evaluating Information

Reliable or not?

Click on each of the links below and scan the information.  Then determine if you think it is reliable or not.

Awakening the Leader Within

Your library liaison is: Sara Shutkin

Sara Shutkin

Sara Shutkin

Email Me

Contact:
Alverno College Library/Archives
Office CO B8
(414)382-6202


Let's start with a brief survey

Use this handout to determine if an article is considered scholarly: Is it a scholarly article or isn’t it?


To find more information and scholarly articles about "Mindfulness Strategies," do searches on Google Scholar, Opposing Viewpoints, or Academic Search Premier.  You can access these databases via the Databases A ot Z list.

Here is a link to it: https://www.alverno.edu/library/databasesatoz.php

To get started finding information, try some of these topics in your search. There are many more; a librarian can help you.

  • Educational Leadership
  • Leadership AND Gender Roles
  • Leadership in Women
  • Leadership--Social Aspects
  • Woman Empowerment
  • Women AND Activism
  • Women AND Political Leadership
  • Women AND Political Participation
  • Women Executives
  • Women Heads of State
  • Women in Leadership
  • Women in Politics
  • Women Leaders
  • Women Politicians
  • Women's Leadership
  • Women's Rights AND Leadership

Use Credo Reference for credible sources and background research.

Credo Reference

BRAIN: Using Your Brain to Evaluate Information (from Shasta College)
http://libguides.shastacollege.edu/brain


Some Additional Resources

  • Another LibGuide that contains some information on leadership that may be useful is, Self-leadership Books. Here is a link to it:

https://libguides.alverno.edu/self-leadership

  • This website might also be of interest:

Distinguished Women of the Past and Present
This site has biographies of women who contributed to our culture in many different ways. There are writers, educators, scientists, heads of state, politicians, civil rights crusaders, artists, entertainers, and others. Some were alive hundreds of years ago and some are living today. We've heard of some of them, while many more have been ignored by history book writers.
http://www.distinguishedwomen.com/

Library Survey

Please click on the link below and take this short library survey.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/QGPJ6JZ


Reliable or not?

View each of the links below and decide if the information is reliable.

Library Survey

Click on the link below to take a short survey.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/QBWRXWX


Scholarly or not?

View each of the links below and decide if you think the information is scholarly.


Imagine that you have to give a presentation on leadership.  View the links below and use the CRAAP test to determine if you think the information is useful.

Tough Topics in Children's Literature

Your library liaison is: Cat Jones

Let's start with a survey: Thursday 11/29, 10am and Friday 11/30, 8am.


Starting Your Research

We'll start in Credo Reference, which is like an academic Wikipedia. Academic Databases are good for finding scholarly journal articles, book reviews, and sometimes news stories. (You can find more here.)

From there, we'll branch out to other sources. Google and Wikipedia can quickly lead you astray, but we know you'll use them, so we'll talk about how to use them right and evaluate the information you find.

Not sure what kind of question to start with?
Teaching Books has background information, discussion questions, author interviews, and additional resources for children's and YA books.
See what they have on Refugee.

 

Why did Cuba deny entry to the refugees on board the St. Louis in 1938?

 

How many refugees left Cuba in 1994? How many succeeded?

  • In Credo Reference try searching: "Cuban Rafter Crisis" (search within page for year) or "Balsero Crisis"
  • Branching out: New York Times "Times Machine" (limit years and search "Balsero")

 

What did Aleppo look like before the war? What was life in Syria like before the war?


Banned & Challenged Books

Books are constantly being challenged by people who believe that the books (or the ideas within the books) are offensive, dangerous, unsavory, or obscene.
Banned Books Week celebrates these books and pushes back against what the American Library Association, booksellers, educators, and others view as censorship and a challenge to our freedom of speech.

Some useful links on banned & challenged books:


Banned Books in the SWITCH Consortium
View some of the banned books in our collection below, or click the link above to view the whole list.

A light in the attic book cover are you there god it's me margaret book cover harry potter book cover tango makes three book cover blubber book cover always running book cover habibi book cover james and the giant peach book cover olive's ocean book cover roll of thunder book cover catcher in the rye cover chocolate war cover curious incident book cover lovely bones cover this one summer outsiders cover
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